All posts tagged: cafes

Punchbowl Canteen

Burrowed in the industrial streets of Port Melbourne, is the vibrant and colourful Punchbowl Canteen. Opened in what was the old Salfords Lords Club, the cafe has transformed the old warehouse space into a striking space full of pops of colour. Covering the back wall of the cafe is a giant 10 foot mural by acclaimed Australian illustrator and designer, Leah Bartholomew bringing an overall warmth to the open area. The food is all about rustic, wholesome flavours, with a focus on keeping it simple but doing it well. Head Chef, Elizabeth Milroy’s twist on traditional dishes adds to the unique vibe of the whole cafe. Previously working at St Ali and Fitzrovia, upon dining on the food her unique touches are evident through dishes such as the Korean Fried Chicken Burger with Kim chi slaw and fries, Pumpkin Doughnuts cinnamon sugar with whipped yoghurt and freeze dried mandarin, and the Fish Cake Scotch Egg radish, pear, chard and shaved beetroot salad, curry mayo. The coffee comes from Fitzroy roasters, Industry Beans and on the menu are the …

Modern Vietnamese breakfast with a twist at TBC

Looking for a decent breakfast in the city is like looking for a needle in a haystack. While there are so many cafes that do serve up a breakfast menu, there are few and far between that do anything that little bit different from your standard bacon and eggs/avocado on toast combo. The Brass Coq (TBC) are hoping to change that all with the recent launch of their breakfast menu. You may remember our review of our dinner menu last year when the We Know Melbourne team were invited along to try the dinner – remember that VFC (Vietnamese Fried Chicken)?! Located in the ‘legal precinct’  this little spot is now open from  7am in the morning until 11pm.  The breakfast menu is filled with popular Vietnamese breakfast dishes with Asian and French influences (yes there’s even rare beef pho on the breakfast menu!) and is one of the CBD’s first modern Vietnamese breakfast. We dined on 3 different dishes. First on the list was the TBC’s Scrambled eggs, where the scrambled eggs were given …

Rustica Canteen

Melbourne CBD breakfasts just stepped up a notch with the latest opening of Rustica Canteen in Guildford lane. Setting up shop in the space that was formerly Utopian Slumps, their modern, warehouse space feels crisp, fresh and clean. All of the sourdough loaves are delivered from their Fitzroy bakery, Rustica Sourdough each morning and just like their sister store, their space is part bakery, part dining area, part “I’ll start my diet tomorrow” area. We’ll bet you won’t be able to  say no to dessert when you see their pastry display – some of the ones we drooled over include lime & coconut croissants, choc and peanut butter croissants and  salted caramel choux bombs, Their breakfast menu is filled with all sorts of mouth watering dishes. We tried the filled croissant with chilli scramble, jamon serrano and manchego cheese, and also the breakfast burger. Both delicious and satisfying! With Short Stop Coffee and Donuts, Krimper and Raw Trader just around the corner, Rustica are up against some tough competition. But we think it’s well worth the …

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Hash Specialty Coffee & Roasters

New to Melbourne, Hash Speciality Coffee & Roasters is the epitome of Melbourne hipsterdom. From the logo (yes, it’s a hashtag), through to their range of filter and cold brew coffees, this cafe, is one you’ll take your out of towner friends to, that will make them question why they aren’t living in Melbourne already. While we chose to dine there for breakfast, one cooler Sunday morning we must admit that the main drawcard for us was the speciality hot chocolate – We even passed up coffee to drink it. You’ve probably seen the photos already, the one that makes you look twice and wonder how it even works. (To be honest, we thought the same thing). Served on a wooden board, their signature “Hash Hot Chocolate”, is made with Mork Dark Chocolate (80% cocoa)  and served with fairy floss to sweeten the bitterness. Pour the hot chocolate over the fairy floss over and watch it dissolve like magic. For $6 it’s a chocolate mouthgasm! Visit the Hash Specialty Facebook page here.

Cibi

Cibi – A breakfast with a difference

If you live in Melbourne, you’ll know that a new café seems to open almost every week, especially in the Fitzroy/Collingwood area. While the prospect of seeking a new café out can be fun and exciting, sometimes you just want to return to a good old favourite. For the We Know Melbourne, team, one of these long term favourites is Cibi. Located off the main strip of Smith Street, this café is easy to miss, but as soon as you enter you feel like you’re reaquantained with your long, lost , best friend. Cibi (Japanese for little one) is fitted out with modern interiors, plenty of design reading material and an ever so homely feeling. There’s even an gallery/shop where you can purchase Japanese ceramics, teatowels, and other homewares. The café caters for those looking for a breakfast with a difference. You won’t find your regular eggs and avocado on toast here. Instead the menu serves a traditional breakfast. We opted for the Ultimate Weekend Special: Grilled sliced salmon fillet, free range egg omlette Tamagoyaki, …